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Chien, Ritual Water Basin


Artist Unknown (China)


500-400 BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G214
Chien, Ritual Water Basin, Artist Unknown (China)
Chien, Ritual Water Basin: Gallery Label - Current
Chinese Bronzes:
: Chinese Bronzes Added to Pillsbury Collection
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 8 7/8 x 17 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (22.54 x 43.82 x 43.82 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Eastern Chou dynasty; Warring States period, 5th-4th century BCE
Inscriptions: Inscription'Kien-vessel [to be] handled [i.e. used] by the nobleman Chi.'
Physical Description: The shape of this vessel, called a Kien in its inscription, is very like that of the earlier Kuei. Fundamentally a Kien was a basin for holding water, but it is more probable that this example was not a profane vessel, but a ritual one. A companion vessel
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.103
Added to Site: February 28, 2009